7:00 PM September 22, 2022
Members of Potters Bar & District Photographic Society do not let their regular program’s summer break get in the way of taking new pictures.
As well as working on personal projects, the members have met up for two group shoots.
The first was a walk along the River Thames during what is known as “the blue hour”.
That is the time after the sun has set but before the sky turns black. This can lead to some dramatic night pictures.
The other was a visit by 14 members to the Lee Valley White Water Centre.
The creative nature of photography means that when 14 people shoot a similar subject, you are very likely to get 14 different pictures.
Some like to show the detail in the action by using a high shutter speed to freeze the movement while others will use a slower speed, blur the pictures and the results will be more impressionistic.
Some will choose to photograph the wider scene giving context and while the person standing next to them may well be zoomed-in getting images of details while some, of course, do all of the above.
That is one of the great things about photography.
It does not matter what camera you are using, how basic or how advanced, the creative eye in the person operating it is the greatest asset.
This skill can be honed on events such as these and any member of the Society is willing to help anyone else if a problem arises.
The Society restarted its regular meetings on September 12 and is happy to see any new members, whatever their photography skills, from 7.30pm on Monday evenings in the Alexander Wilding Suite in the Wyllyotts Centre, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar.
Society members’ comments on their pictures. The hope is that they explain to non-photographers what they were trying to obtain.
‘Kayaking was captured early in the shoot and emphasized the need to be ready as the rest of the morning session was rafting, which whilst fun, was not as interesting [for me] to shoot.
‘Backflip’ is the same kayaker, paddling into the rapids backwards and then executing a full 360-degree flip. It was very impressive to watch and fortunately I captured the action. Modern cameras assist action shots but you still have to have the correct settings.
‘Submerged’ shows the extremes of this sport with the kayaker totally submerged – not for the faint-hearted.
Photographing any kind of sport takes patience and a good fast shutter speed! To try to catch the unguarded moment, expression or bit of exciting action.
So Lee Valley was an ideal spot to hone some of those skills, and try a bit of creativity too.
It was my first time at Lea Valley so I didn’t know what to expect.
I decided to try and get faces to show how much fun people were having.
The club had a good time out together helping each other and making memories.
For the first I’ve used a fast shutter speed to freeze the action and keep detail in the kayaker.
Also taking him at an angle with the paddle held diagonally makes it a more dynamic shot.
The second one is taken at a slow speed to give more of an abstract feel.
The third picture was taken against the light to better show the water droplets etc.
‘The raft captain’ – ever watchful, a study in concentration – responsible for his boatload of paddlers, giving them a good time and looking after their safety.
‘Kayaking acrobatics’ – this lad was practicing his kayaking maneuvers, I spoke with him after the shoot – he was a really nice lad and took his sport very seriously. I hope I captured his poise and athleticism.
‘Going with the flow’ – I like the contrast of emotions shown by this young rafter being relaxed floating in the water and being at the mercy of the flow at the same time.
This is not an easy subject to get right! I tried to capture faces as the participants concentrated and panicked their way down the course.
Of course each person is doing their own thing (mainly trying not to fall out!) so eventually I just tried to capture the whole fun of the ride and the laughter.